SENIOR PROGRAM (Health & Wellness)
Stay active and independent!
Many services and activities for adults aged 50+ are offered through the Greater Maple Valley Community Center. We truly have something for everyone.
Our goal is to enhance the health and social well-being of our adult community by providing access to health and social services, as well as opportunities for education, recreation and involvement with the community.
For all senior games and activities (Walking Group, Book Club, Painting, Pinochle etc), we suggest a donation of $1 to help us continue to offer these programs.
Senior Lunch Program
The centerpiece of GMVCC’s Senior Program is our Congregate Meal Program. Lunch is made in-house by our cooks Carol and Lorrie and served after Bingo at noon every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We alternate days with the Black Diamond Community Center which provides congregate meals at their site on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The purpose of this program is to provide nutritious meals in a group setting, encourage social interaction, reduce isolation, and to make support services available to seniors age 60 and over. In order to participate in the program, our funding requires that each participant have a completed registration form on file.
For those individuals 60 and over, a suggested donation of $4 helps cover the cost of the meal. No eligible senior aged 60 and over will be denied a meal if unable to donate. For those younger than 60, there is a $7 fee for lunch.
PLEASE NOTE: all menus are subject to availability of food items and may change without notice. Milk, coffee and tea are available for all lunches. For our menu, please see the Senior Program Calendar.
Trips and Special Events
TRIPS AND TOURS
The GMVCC Senior Program is pleased to offer fun and interesting trips for ages 50+. All trips include transportation, parking fees, a staff member, and admission fees unless otherwise noted. Trips are typically scheduled on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, and go throughout the year. Payment is due at time of registration. Reservations may be refunded minus a $5 service fee only if seats can be filled.
Everyone loves a good party! At GMVCC we make holidays special and festive, and host various dances, parties, and fun fundraisers throughout the year.
For our current trip listings and upcoming special events, please see our Senior Program Calendar.
Games and Activities
Get your lucky troll doll and join us for Bingo in the main hall on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:00 am. Play up to 2 cards for 10-12 games. Cost is approx $2.00.
Sit in for a hand of Pinochle on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays after lunch starting at 12:30. If you don't play those games, we have cribbage, Phase 10, Mexican Train, Yahtzee, and regular card decks available. Bring a friend!
NEW! On Fridays, stay after lunch or drop in starting at 12:30 to learn to play this tile-based game of skill, strategy, and calculation. We play the Chinese-American version of the game.
Join us for this addictive dice game quarterly in FEB, MAY, AUG and NOV on the second Wednesday in the Main Hall. Just $5 to play! Please register in advance at the front desk to reserve your spot.
Find some healthy competition in our main hall with a game of Ping Pong on Mondays and Fridays after lunch.
QUILTING AND NEEDLE ARTS GROUP
Do you quilt, knit, crochet, tat, sew, etc? The GMVCC Quilting and Needle Arts Group welcomes you to come to the The Den Youth Center every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 10:30 am to share ideas, skills, and stories. Stay for lunch at noon in the Main Hall!
BRUSHES AND PALETTES PAINTING SPACE
Oils, acrylics, watercolors and more, beginner or advanced, everyone is welcome! There is no instructor, but artists share ideas and company while painting in our main hall. You must bring you own art supplies. Group meets every Friday at 1:00 pm.
Reading is fun, interesting, and good for you! Join our monthly book club for lively conversation and to meet new people, too. Selections will include both fiction and non-fiction and we are always looking for suggestions. Book club meets the first Monday of the month at 10am in the lending library. You are responsible for getting your own copy of the book selection. See our Senior Program Calendar for the current pick.
(All game and activity times are subject to change, please see calendar for changes)
Designed to increase strength, flexibility, posture, and balance, this class provides a unique combination of gentle yoga poses and stretches, strength conditioning, focused breathing techniques, and simple reflection practices. Instructor Candi gives individualized instruction and special attention to accommodate individual needs, ability, and health conditions. This class is designed for 50+ adults, including beginners with yoga. There will be no floor work. Classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-10am in The Den. Drop-in cost is $10, discount punch cards available for a discounted rate. Your first class is free.
Led by Tracy, this popular program runs (March-October) with hikes occurring typically the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Hikes range from 3-6 miles and vary in difficulty. Costs, which include transportation and leadership, range from $12-20. Hikes fill quickly, so check the Senior Calendar and be sure to sign up right away!
MOVE STRONG FALL-PREVENTION EXERCISE VIDEO
This 15-minute video helps you strengthen the muscles needed to help prevent a fall. There is no charge for this exercise that takes place in the main hall Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:30am, unless otherwise noted on the Senior Program Calendar.
MVBFF WALKING GROUP
From helping you lose weight and de-stress to lowering your blood pressure and reducing your risk of many chronic diseases—going for regular walks is one of the best and easiest things you can do for your health. Join the group for an hour-long walk on the Lake Wilderness Trail and see the benefits for yourself. Group meets in the GMVCC lobby before heading out on the walk. Walks take place rain or shine on Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 9am.
Routine pedicure/foot care for seniors is provided by Karen's Foot Care on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, as well as the 4th Thursday. Cost is $32 payable to Karen Poppleton the day of your appointment. This popular service fills up well in advance, so call 425-432-1272 to schedule your appointment today.
BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS
Firefighters from Maple Valley Fire & Life Safety perform blood pressure checks in our lending library on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month around 10:30 am, depending on their availability.
MEDICAL SUPPLY LENDING CLOSET
GMVCC maintains a lending closet for use by anyone in our community who needs bathroom or walking aids. All equipment is available free of charge. We are always accepting donations! Donated items available for lending include:
Call 425-432-1272 for available inventory.
COMMUNITY CENTER SHUTTLE
The Greater Maple Valley Community Center Van provides Maple Valley residents rides to the Community Center for programs and our MWF lunch. Service is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 3 pm for those 50 years and older, disabled, or with limited income.
Van rides are $1 each way within our transportation boundaries.
$20 bus passes (good for 20 rides) are available.
To schedule a ride call 425-432-1272 at least 24 hours in advance. Subject to availability.
VOLUNTEER-PROVIDED RIDES TO MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS
GMVCC has partnered with Catholic Community Services Volunteer Chore Services Program to provide transportation for seniors living in Maple Valley and the surrounding areas. Rides are available at no fee for eligible Seniors and disabled persons to and from medical appointments. Participants must enroll and meet eligibility requirements to participate in the program.
Availability is Monday-Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. You must be able to transfer into a private vehicle with minimal assistance. Caregivers and/or family members are welcome to ride along. All rides are dependent upon driver availability. GMVCC assumes no responsibility for late or missed appointments. In an emergency call 911.
To enroll in the program and/or schedule your ride, please contact Janet or Jamie at 425-432-1272. Rides must be scheduled at least one week in advance of your appointment. Have details of the trip ready including name of rider, destination address, and time of appointment.
This Volunteer Program is in need of drivers. If you think you would like to help seniors get to medical appointments please call us.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels at the Greater Maple Valley Community Center is part of a national program that provides nutritious meals and other nutrition services to men and women in our local community who are elderly, homebound, disabled, frail, or at risk. For program details and to download an application for Meals on Wheels, please visit the Sound Generations website.
MOW in a volunteer-run program. Enthusiastic volunteers from the local community call participants to take meal orders, then pack and deliver over 200 meals each week to dozens of seniors in our local community.
Call GMVCC at 425-432-1272 for more information, or if you would like to volunteer for this important program.
Pet Food Program
In partnership with the Seattle Humane Society, the Greater Maple Valley Community Center offers free pet food for qualifying low-income seniors. Dry pet food will be provided each month for up to three spayed/neutered cats or dogs per household. Canned food will be provided when available and if requested.
Special dietary needs will be met if food is available.
Complete and submit the Pet Food Application Forms (PDF 1.31MB) to the GMVCC front desk. The deadline for applications to request pet food for the next month must be completed by the 10th of each month. Any applications received after the 10th day of the month will not receive pet food in the following month, but two months out if approved.
AARP Safe Driving Course
Tune up your driving skills!
The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation's first and largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older that has helped millions of drivers remain safe on today's roads. This 2-day course is designed to help you:
Tune up your driving skills and update your knowledge of the rules of the road.
Learn about normal age-related physical changes, and how to adjust your driving to allow for these changes.
Reduce your traffic violations, crashes, and chances for injuries.
Drive more safely.
Qualify for an auto insurance premium reduction or discount. Specific state insurance laws vary - please consult your insurance agent for specifics in your state.
AARP membership is not required to take the course. There is no final test to pass.
Information and Referrals
Volunteer Curtis Patterson specializes in working with senior citizens and provides free, caring, patient, one-on-one, competent computer assistance, including repairs, upgrades, diagnostics, tutoring, virus & spyware cleaning and more. Curtis can help you with any computer questions you might have. PC and android are his specialty, but Curtis is willing to take a go at Apple products as well.
Call the Community Center at 425-432-1272 to arrange for your appointment. Age Requirement: 50+
VETERANS BENEFITS ASSISTANCE
Are you a veteran of any branch of the US military, not necessarily a veteran of a war? Do you have questions regarding Federal, State or County services or programs for veterans, families or dependents? If so, you can call Joel Estey directly at 206-612-2816
HEALTH INSURANCE BENEFITS ASSISTANCE
SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisors) volunteers provide free and unbiased information on a wide range of consumer health issues. Volunteers offer information people can use to make decisions based on their own unique needs, values, and circumstances.
SHIBA volunteers can provide information about:
Prescription Drug Coverage
Commercial Health Insurance
Long-term Care Insurance and Planning
Detecting and Reporting Fraud
Coverage through Tribal and Veterans Health Programs
Disability Health Insurance and Resources
Call (425) 432-1272 to make your appointment with a SHIBA representative.